October 21, 2019 / 2:17 AM / a month ago

Bolivia's Morales confident he will win outright

LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales said he was confident he would win Sunday’s election outright, despite an official preliminary count of 84% of ballots that showed he would probably be forced to a run-off vote.

Morales, 59, said he was certain outstanding votes from rural areas, where he tends to have stronger support, would deliver him another “historic” victory and a congressional majority.

Morales needs at least 40% of votes and a 10-point lead over his closest rival to avoid a December 15 second-round vote with the runner-up.

The partial count by the electoral board showed Morales had won 45% of votes, against 38% for chief rival Carlos Mesa, who has already celebrated the prospect of being in the second-round election.

Reporting by Daniel Ramos; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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